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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 3624015, 28 pages
Review Article

Recent Studies on the Speciation and Determination of Mercury in Different Environmental Matrices Using Various Analytical Techniques

Department of Environmental Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-Si 38541, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Lakshmi Narayana Suvarapu; moc.liamg@uparavus

Received 26 June 2017; Accepted 26 October 2017; Published 20 November 2017

Academic Editor: Günther K. Bonn

Copyright © 2017 Lakshmi Narayana Suvarapu and Sung-Ok Baek. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper reviews the current research on the speciation and determination of mercury by various analytical techniques, including the atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), voltammetry, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), ICP-mass spectrometry (MS), atomic fluorescence spectrometry (AFS), spectrophotometry, spectrofluorometry, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Approximately 96 research papers on the speciation and determination of mercury by various analytical instruments published in international journals since 2015 were reviewed. All analytical parameters, including the limits of detection, linearity range, quality assurance and control, applicability, and interfering ions, evaluated in the reviewed articles were tabulated. In this review, we found a lack of information in speciation studies of mercury in recent years. Another important conclusion from this review was that there were few studies regarding the concentration of mercury in the atmosphere.